Advocate editorial board opinion: Let chamber know if there's a need for convention center
By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 22, 2011 at 1:22 a.m.
The business community has a chance to have its voice heard. And the main question directed to the community is does Victoria need a hotel convention center?
The Victoria Chamber of Commerce began a 14-question survey Wednesday that should reveal the answer to the main query, said Randy Vivian, chamber president.
The survey, being handled by PKF Consulting USA, of Dallas, will be available for about two weeks, Vivian said.
We urge the business community to respond to this important survey. The results of the survey determine which direction the city needs to take.
"If (a hotel convention center) is not wanted, we know where to go from there. If it is wanted, we want to know if it will be utilized," Vivian said.
The survey also asks businesses about their operations and whether such professional organizations might have a need for such a facility.
"And it asks, most importantly, whether we have a need for a convention center? That question needs to be answered by the people of Victoria," he said.
Vivian said if the need is there, then it will cost money. "We haven't had a business convention center since the Old Holiday Inn closed down (where University of Houston-Victoria's Jaguar Hall is now)," he said. He added that there are no centers now that could handle a conference of 200 or 300 people.
Businesses have had to conduct conferences elsewhere to accommodate large assemblages.
Vivian pointed out that Victoria sits about two hours from the three fastest growing metropolitan centers in Texas - Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
"Victoria has all three and Corpus Christi, too," he said.
"It's my personal opinion that I see a need for a convention center," the chamber president said.
We agree. We think the results will show a need for a hotel convention center, but the survey should be filled out as soon as possible to reflect that need.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.